Office of Public Affairs
Aug. 21, 2002
TOWNSEND EARNS HENDERSON AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERISM AT SUNY OSWEGO
OSWEGO -- Nancy Townsend of Scriba doesn't mind getting her hands dirty -- at work or with volunteer activities. That spirit recently earned the senior groundsworker at SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek Field Station the college's Bernie G. Henderson Community Service Award.
The award, established last year, is named for SUNY Oswego's former vice president for finance and budget. Henderson retired from the college in 1999 and continues his longstanding service with many community organizations.
Townsend said she was surprised to learn that she had won the award. "I figured there was someone more deserving," she said.
Kim Galkowski, a keyboard specialist at Rice Creek, thought Townsend was definitely deserving. In nominating Townsend, Galkowski noted that her volunteer work for Cornell Cooperative Extension earned Townsend the 2000 George T. Welling Master Gardener of the Year Award for outstanding community and volunteer service. For Cooperative Extension, Townsend's activities have included helping 4-H members plant gardens at Camp Hollis, supporting Oswego's Project Bloom and leading sewing classes for youth and adults.
Her other volunteer activities have included coordinating Nordic Ski Patrol and first aid volunteers for the Tug Hill Tourathon, working with quilt groups on items donated to support needy families and nonprofit organizations, helping with school activities for her daughter Melissa, and serving as referee for charity volleyball marathon fund-raisers.
Townsend joined SUNY Oswego in 1983 and has worked at Rice Creek Field Station since 1984. Among other duties at Rice Creek, she maintains the herb garden and nature trails, mows the lawns, removes snow, coordinates trade work with other departments and performs custodial work as needed.
Volunteering is important to her, she said, and she prefers opportunities that are outdoors and help keep her active.
"I like to do things," Townsend said, emphasizing the word "do." "I want to be hands-on. . . . I want to be the person getting their hands dirty."
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